Unusual recruitment procedures
Gentle Giant (transportation)
The head of the transport company Gentle Giant, Larry O’Tool, uses a special method for checking the endurance of new employees, and even participates in it. Newcomers to the company, led by their boss, organize races in the stands of the Harvard Stadium. By his example, 59-year-old Larry O’Tool shows young employees that maintaining good physical condition only has a beneficial effect on mental performance.
For the Gentle Giant, such races have already become an ordinary procedure, through which all new employees must pass. Endurance testing is done by interns in the first two weeks of work, not later. Employees who have been working for a long time in the company are also not forbidden to participate in the marathon – about 25% of the regular staff regularly run in the stands with the rest. After the race, by tradition, everyone together eats scrambled eggs with bacon and discusses the company’s prospects.
Unusual hiring procedures According to O’Toole, many people who come to work for the company already know about this mandatory training. And this does not repel them at all, but even the other way round – it awakens the desire to try their hand at such an unusual “interview”. Larry O’Tool allows you to go to work only for those who have passed the test run.
“If a person readily accepted this challenge and passed a marathon no worse than others – for me this is a sign that he will not be afraid of difficulties and difficult situations in the work environment. And our specialization assumes the existence of non-standard situations almost every working day, ”says Larry O’Tool.
CXtec (telephone and network equipment)
In this company, in order to gain a foothold in the position, you must go through coffee and donuts. Each new employee is taken first for an internship that lasts one month. And over the course of this month, interns in pairs should bring lunch to their colleagues working in the main office – coffee and fresh pastries.
Those whom this duty did not scare and did not cause negative emotions have a much greater chance of remaining in the company on an ongoing basis. The idea of this idea is to enable previously unknown people to quickly find a common language and make friends.
Foot Levelers (manual therapy)
When a group of 5-10 new employees is recruited, they are seated in a conference room, supplied with soda and popcorn, and the film “Rudy” is included. This is a drama dedicated to how a famous football player, even in the absence of sufficient physical strength, still succeeds due to his perseverance and the will to win. When the film ends, the CEO conducts a short interview with each of the trainees, asking about what they learned from the picture and how they understood its main idea.
The goal of Foot Levelers is to create a staff that will fully match the image of the protagonist of the film, who did not give up no matter what. The film “Rudy” has already become so part of the company that employees use phrases from it in their everyday speech. And when they face a task whose solution does not lie on the surface, but requires deep understanding, they never give up, but act “according to the Rudi method.” You must always go to the end, and each time ask yourself, “Have I done enough to win?”
CityMax.com (website development)
The principle of this organization is more likely to relate not to the hiring procedure, but to the way of adapting the arrived employees at the new workplace. No matter what day of the week a new recruit is hired, he will enter the office for the first time only on Friday. On Friday, as a rule, employees are less stressed and preoccupied with business than during the week, and more willing to communicate with new people.
For each new employee, a real celebration is organized in the office: the room is decorated with colorful balloons, homemade posters are hung on the walls with greetings from the new team member and wishes for success. So, between the old-timers of the office and the newcomer, the awkwardness that is usually present during acquaintances is eliminated, and colleagues can freely communicate with each other and get to know the new employee better.